In today's Women's History Corner we're highlighting Ninah Holden Cummer. She's the one who we can thank for the Cummer family's most lasting legacy; the Cummer Museum.
Situated on two acres in Jacksonville's Riverside area overlooking the St. Johns River is a lavish garden created more than a century ago by Ninah Cummer.
The museum was founded in 1958 when Cummer created an endowment to build a museum on the site of her family's home. The Cummer Museum was once a part of the Cummer family compound.
The museum opened its doors November 10, 1961, with Cummer's small collection of around 60 art pieces. Her causes and passion lead to beautiful spaces in Jacksonville for the community to enjoy.
Cummer's dedication to the Jacksonville community was evident in the number of civic causes she was involved in.
She was a founding member of several groups including the Garden Club of Jacksonville, the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs and Memorial Park. Cummer was also active on city government boards and pushed for preservation of green spaces and parks.
The Indiana native in buried in Jacksonville in Evergreen Cemetery.